Assignment: Researching the Monster

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Assignment: Researching the Monster

Assignment: Researching the Monster

Assignment: Researching the Monster

Question Description
READ: Prompt for Essay #2: Researching the Monster

Essay #2: Researching the Monster

Monster Hunt


Research collection is essential for a good research project! You need to look at a large variety of texts to see the different perspectives, biases, philosophical lenses, and ideas connected to your research topic.


Step 1: For this essay, you will collect 16 sources about your topic(Various serial killers)(monster) and construct a source list.

2 Primary Sources
4 Scholarly Journal Articles (Go to Ebscohost or other library databases)
2 Newspaper or magazine
2 Data-driven/based sources e.g. stats or surveys
2 Web-based Sources
2 Book or e-book
2 Choice Sources
Step 2: You will write an MLA Works Cited for each source.

Step 3: You will discover the reading or audience level of each source.

Step 4: You will complete a CARS Checklist assessment for each source.

Step 5: Identify the source’s argument

Step 6: Include a note about any bias or philosophical perspectives the source expresses.

Step 7: Compile all this info into a Source List essay that is Alphabetically organized by the MLA Citations and contains all the parts for each source.

Connection to Research Project:

You will pick 8 sources from this source list that you will analyze in your annotated bibliography and use in your research project.
The Format for Each Entry:

Work Cited

Reading Level/Audience Level (…)

CARS Checklist Score

Source’s Argument

Note: about any bias or philosophical perspectives the source expresses.

Assignment: Researching the Monster

Assignment: Researching the Monster

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.